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Assuring Safety in a Power Outage
Recent wildfires have left a number of Oklahomans to be without power for hours and even days. The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) reminds those affected by a power outage to be mindful of safe practices to prevent illness and injury.
OSDH recommends the following guidelines for refrigerated and frozen foods to citizens or food establishments which have been without power for more than four hours:
Residents in rural areas may also be without water during a power outage. If the safety of the water is not known, it is recommended to vigorously boil the water for at least one minute to prevent potential waterborne illnesses. Safe water would include store-bought bottled water, or uninterrupted city water. Untreated water should not be used to prepare foods, wash hands or brush teeth.
Never use generators, grills, camp stoves, or similar devices inside the house, in basements, in garages or near windows. Improper use of such devices can lead to carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.
For more information about weather or wildfire safety, visit www.ready.gov or www.cdc.gov/disasters. Preparedness information also is available in English, Spanish and American Sign Language by visiting the OSDH YouTube channel and selecting the Preparedness playlist.
Woodward County Health Department
In Woodward County, community roots run deep. At the health department, the same principle applies. We look forward to having the opportunity to treat our communities, neighbors, and friends.
Whether it's immunizations for school or helping a family during a difficult time, let us meet your needs and provide those services.
OSDH has released information regarding the Zika Virus here.
We do provide immunizations year round, avoid the back to school rush and get your child in early during the summer for necessary immunizations. Contact the health department for more information.
The Woodward County Health Department will be closed the following days in 2017: January 2 (New Year's Day); January 16 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day); February 20 (President's Day); May 29 (Memorial Day); July 4 (Independence Day); September 4 (Labor Day); November 10 (Veteran's Day); November 23-24 (Thanksgiving); and December 25-26 (Christmas). Thank you.
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